A reader writes:
Please don't let PETA tell you what you should think about pit bulls. They were one of very few so-called animal rescue groups that tried to persuade the court to euthanize all the Vick dogs. I volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League, which housed the most abused Vick dogs during the trial. I learned so much from that experience that they now accept pit bulls, and are able to find good homes for them, often with shelter workers or volunteers who fall in love with them. To learn the truth about pit bulls, please check the web sites of the organizations that fought to save the Vick dogs, and have placed many of them with very happy adopters. The two most important are Best Friends Animal Society and Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls. It would also be worth looking at Pit Bull Rescue Central.
Daphna Nachminovitch may say she's been handling pits for 20 years, but she, like the rest of PETA, is quite clueless about the care of animals.
This is an organization that puts down the vast majority of rescue animals it receives and has an abysmally poor track record of placing animals in adoptive homes. Her "fighting dogs cannot be rehabilitated" defense is the same load of crap PETA dishes out when asked to defend their horrific track record placing 1 of 300 animals into an adoptive home; the rest get euthanized.
Fighting dogs can be rehabilitated because they are actually highly trained animals used to listening to commands from humans. They are not trained to fight randomly, they are trained to fight on command. Not much different than that of a trained-to kill K-9 who would never attack it's owner or without a command to fight. There are plenty of organizations and people out there that have exhibited success in rehabilitating fighting dogs, Cesar Millan being one of the more famous ones. The problem with placing these dogs is primarily the stigma of being a fighting dog and secondly, finding enough good owners to take them.
Bottom line: PETA is the last place to get advice on rescuing dogs.